What was it like growing up in a home where one or both parents drank excessively? How did the parents behave towards their children, and how did the children attempt to deal with this behaviour? Did they develop many problems as children? How did their childhoods compare with those recalled by young people whose parents did not drink excessively? The many hours of detailed interviewing which these 244 young adults contributed to the research produced a large amount of information. This chapter wi l l examine what they told the interviewers about their childhoods.